AMERICA'S BEST BACKCOURT ALEXIS PETERSON AND BRITTNEY SYKES

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America's Top-Scoring Backcourts

(As of March 6, 2017)

1. Alexis Peterson (23.3), Brittney Sykes (19.0), Syracuse - 42.3 points per game

2. Kelsey Plum (31.7), Aarion McDonald (9.3), Washington - 41.0 points per game

3. Emily Clemens (19.2), Morgan Blumer (16.9), Western Ill. - 36.1 points per game

4. Carlie Wagner (19.1), Kenisha Bell (16.1), Minnesota - 35.2 points per game

5. Lexie Brown (18.3), Rebecca Greenwell (16.4), Duke - 34.7 points per game

"She has really taken that team over. Obviously, they have a lot of weapons, but she has taken control. That's the kid whose hands they want the ball in because she's going to make the right decisions." - Washington head coach Mike Neighbors
“She’s a special kid. She’s competing. It’s her time to shine. She stepped up and made things happen. She ran her basketball team. She kind of put them on her back and said, ‘We’re not going to be defeated.’ ” – Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick
"Alexis Peterson has every bit of efficiency to her game: a terrific athlete, terrific handle, mid-range, in-between, and at the rim." - ESPN analyst Doris Burke

about alexis

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Peterson was a three-time all-state honoree at Northland High School prior to joining the Orange in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in child and family studies.

Biography

Peterson's confidence, competitiveness drive Syracuse (ESPN.com)

Peterson: 'I have to seize the moment' (Syracuse.com)

Looking past (The Daily Orange)

“She had every reason to throw it in and give up and she never did that. You root for her. To see her back on the court, it’s gratifying to see a kid work that hard and then get rewarded for it.” – Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman
“The way she has come back, she didn’t let it dictate what was going to happen to her. It took a lot of courage and the fact that she helped bring her team to the national championship game when just last year she wasn’t playing shows a lot about her and her willingness not to give up.” – 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart
“Many kids would have given up after two torn ACLs, she got better.” – ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson

about brittney

A native of Newark, N.J., Sykes was a McDonald’s All-American at University High School prior to coming to Syracuse in 2012. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in communications and rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in instructional design, development, and evaluation in the School of Education.

Biography

She learned to 'dance in the rain' (Syracuse.com)

Sykes on two torn ACLs: 'It saved me' (Syracuse.com)

The jump (The Daily Orange)

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